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Africa is learning to work together to redress the past

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The AU is poised to make inroads towards realising an economically independent Africa, if the launch of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement is anything to go by.


25 Jun 2020
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Africa is learning to work together to redress the past

President Cyril Ramaphosa participates in the 12th Extraordinary Summit of the African Union (AU) in Niamey, Republic of Niger. The Summit will mark the entry into force of the Agreement on the Establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and will formally launch the operational phase of the African Internal Market. The Summit will also decide on the location and structure of the AfCFTA Secretariat. 07/07/2019. Picture: Siyabulela Duda

Years ago, I attended an African conference in Rwanda on the impact of war on women and children. As is the case with most summits, delegates break from plenary into various commissions to flesh out key aspects of topics, with rapporteurs later reporting on findings and resolutions. The commission I sat in could hardly start before delegates spent valuable time in a fierce debate on which language should be used. Had a delegate proposed Swahili, Oromo, Igbo, Yoruba, isiXhosa, Herero, isiZulu or Mande – among some indigenous languages spoken in Africa – such an intensity of debate would have been...

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